The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts

 

The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts

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Best book I've read in a while!
 

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To my wife, Jen
You are a constant reminder that
the things of earth grow strangely bright
in the light of his glory and grace.

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The only known treatment for NCS [New Calvinist Syndrome] is to lock the afflicted Calvinist in a room with nothing but the Bible and a picture of John Wesley. When he stops throwing the Bible at Wesley’s face, he’s free to rejoin Christendom, but only under the close supervision of godly elders with the pa... View Quote


The Trinity is the heart of the Christian religion, the great mystery that makes all other mysteries understandable.

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We finite beings are chasing the infinite, and therefore we’ll never catch it (him!). But the increase of our knowledge of God and love for God and joy in God will continue, world without end, amen.

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The triune God of Scripture lives! He is not static. He is not lifeless. He is not bored. He is not boring. He is the living God!
He is the Father of lights, fount of divinity, origins of origins, begetting yet unbegotten, deity prime, the almighty maker of heaven and earth.
He is the beloved Son, Word of the Father, God’s sermon a... View Quote


  • God is one. God is three.
  • God is transcendent and full of majesty. God is immanent and close at hand.
  • Jesus Christ is fully God. Jesus Christ is fully man.
  • Jesus is a lion. Jesus is a lamb.
  • We are sinners. We are saints.
  • We should enjoy God through feasting. We should enj... View Quote

God is writing a true metanarrative, a master story, a grand drama that puts the directors cut of The Lord of the Rings to shame. And this A story—the history of redemption—contains B stories about nations and kingdoms, Babylons and Egypts; C stories about tribes and villages, clans and families; D stories about brave boys and terri... View Quote


God ordains evil for the same reason that Lewis created the White Witch—so that Aslan would have someone to conquer. Evil exists so that Good can triumph. Death exists so it can be thrown into hell (Rev. 20:14).

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